MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 201 this week

Byzantium (2012)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  31 May 2013 (UK)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 23,819 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 89 user | 222 critic | 22 from Metacritic.com

Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (play)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $12.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 17 Dec 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 08 Mar 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 19 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 27 titles
created 28 Apr 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 10 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Byzantium" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Byzantium (2012)

Byzantium (2012) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Byzantium.

User Polls

3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two teenage assassins accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan.

Director: Geoffrey Fletcher
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay
Hanna (2011)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana
The Awakening I (2011)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Director: Nick Murphy
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
The Host (2013)
Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Dominic Dromgoole
Stars: Gemma Arterton, David Dawson, James Garnon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Barry Cassin ...
Robert Fowlds
...
David Heap ...
Lap Dancing Client
...
Gareth
Ruby Snape ...
Wendy
...
Werner
Jenny Kavanagh ...
Barmaid
...
Steve
Edyta Budnik ...
Nadia
...
Anya
...
Frank
...
Noel
...
Savella
...
Darvell
Edit

Storyline

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

31 May 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Vampire Story  »

Box Office

Budget:

£8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,643 (USA) (28 June 2013)

Gross:

$84,293 (USA) (2 August 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Saoirse Ronan actually plays Ludwig van Beethoven's complicated Piano Sonata Opus 2, No. 3, having undergone an intense 12-week crash course in piano lessons. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eleanor: My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw that pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film 2014: Episode dated 19 February 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Landler D790 No. 4
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Simon Chamberlain
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Takes you back to the times when vampires were considered monsters
4 August 2013 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

Although not well advertised and distributed, this movie actually is a piece of true art. It returns to the roots of the vampire genre, but unlike Twilight or the more action-oriented alternatives, this one has a very adult take on it.

Although it has a fair share of action and blood, this movie really is not for those who expect exciting, thrilling and spectacular fight scenes. More like Interview With a Vampire, the movie concentrates a lot more on understanding these beings. Throwing some of the vampire's newborn traits away (sparkling in the sunlight eh?) and turning them into "Sucrient"-s, the movie revolves around how these creatures find their means of survival and how they deal with the price they pay for it.

Many critics say that the movie is too long and slow paced, which is true, but that's actually one of the reasons what makes it work. The scenes, the music, the characters all give you a dark, twisted, gripping and uncertain feeling. The slow-pacedness of the movie adds the sense of being lost, the sense of being empty to all of it.. which might make you uneasy, but by the end you will realize this is how the characters themselves feel like. You are made to feel uneasy, because it's necessary to be able to understand them.

...and although there are several quite good acting performances in Byzantium, by "them" I now think about Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan). Their characters are very different, but are also very interesting and more importantly: very well played. Saoirse Ronan does a perfect job in giving you the Eleanor whom you both understand and don't understand at the same time, an Eleanor whom you love and still are afraid of. Then there's Gemma Arterton who brings her best performance ever to the screen, giving you a cruel, wicked and wretched Clara who soon turns out to be so much more than what they call her...

There are quite a few vampire stories out there already, yet Byzantium achieves to be a unique pearl among all of them. Its dark feeling, interesting characters and slow storytelling do require a specific audience - people who like to listen and be mesmerized. If you feel like one, Byzantium is a must-see for you.


72 of 88 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Totally unrealistic.. newstar877
Best Vampire film of this decade? cojayjenson8
Eleanor had such a BIG MOUTH!! I wanted to slap her! hedgejones
Caleb Landry Jones' accent? NeilRamjee
How much did Eleanor really know about the danger she was in? blakkdog
Why does Clara still talk and act like someone from the 1820s? s_campanale
Discuss Byzantium (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?